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Letters Published in March 25, 2009 Issue
March 25, 2009 - Letter submitted by Bill Murray, Knightstown
Sometimes when you piece together the various stores in The Banner, you get a clear picture of what Knightstown desperately needs: a town manager. The March 18 edition of The Banner has a letter from Mr. LaMar recommending joint purchasing of fuel for Henry County townships. Knightstown overpaid for fuel because they tied into a contract at a fixed price.
Questions Regarding Fuel
1.) Did the people at CAB making the pricing decision have experience with futures options?2.)
3.) Did the fuel company tell our people what the futures were telling us? The bias at that time, I believe, was calling for lowering prices. Most fuel companies consult futures on a daily basis so they know how to price their product. Our loss: $45,000.4.)
Questions Regarding CAB
1.) How did we “forget” to pay $750,00 to New Castle for services rendered?2.)
3.) What were those services for and why can’t they be done in Knightstown? Why didn’t the payment omission show up on a year-end Accounts Payable schedule? Who audits CAB books on an independent basis?4.)
5.) We floated a bond issue to pay this bill of $750,000 and are paying how much interest? Was there a “sinking fund” with this bond issue? If so, how much? Why didn’t we just make arrangements with New Castle to pay on an installment basis?6.)
Now the KHS School Building Corp. is analyzing “refunding” the balance of debt for the new high school (Banner, March 18). The main purpose of refunding is to “save” $100,000 of interest by rate lowering, and simultaneously freeing $1.265 million being held in a “sinking” fund from the original bond debt. The questions for the refunding program are as follows:
1.) Is the building corporation aware that this country is in a deep recession and overloaded with debt? Why would you want to possibly extend your debt for two more years? And wouldn’t you pay additional interest for more time, and wouldn’t you have to save more than $100,000? Are there any funding charges, consulting fees, etc. related to a new issue? Would a new “sinking fund” occur in the case of a new issue?2.)
3.) If the current superintendent has no capital projects on the drawing board, why even get involved with this project? Take the $1.265 million and place it where you can earn 3 percent on your money instead of 1 percent. It couldn’t be that the whole idea is to build a football field with the money, could it?4.)
Lastly, the federal government this year will be dealing with a new public education system, accounting curriculum and length of school year, among other things. We might need money for science labs, physics and chemistry labs, etc. Upgrading education will probably give a better payback than a football field. And the government will pay for it. Keep your powder dry. Wait.
Where does the electric company get $45,000 to lend the town and on what terms? Why did so many people question the high February electric bills. All suspected the bills were estimated. Why did the office say they weren’t estimated? Why was my actual usage (three days after the town “read the meters”) lower than that billed? Why were the March bills lower than usual? Couldn’t be that the February bills were estimated, could it?
March 25, 2009 - Letter submitted by John Swartz, Knightstown
On December 17, 2008, I was parked at the Sunoco in Greenfield when a car came off State Road 9 and hit my pick-up. The car was not owned by the driver. There was no insurance on the vehicle, The driver had no drivers license, and neither the driver nor the owner spoke English.
I'm not sure most people realize that a driver in this situation only gets a citation for no license. So he got a citation and I got a wrecked pick-up. There is more to this story, but too much for this space.
I have written to Representative Tom Saunders and Senator Beverly Gard asking for large fines and to impound cars with no insurance. I bet most Knightstown area residents pay hard-earned money for auto insurance and stay legal. Why should we let people who violate our laws by being here illegally off with much less?
Why the hell are our tax dollars being spent to print signs and government literature in Spanish, when we are an English speaking country? Could our tax dollars be spent better on education, on better road or health care? I don't know about the rest of you, but I refuse to learn to speak Spanish to communicate in my own county.
It seems to me Greenfield, New Castle and the rest of Indiana is fast becoming a sanctuary for illegals.
If anyone else is upset about these things, please let your representative know. I fear they do no take this seriously. I feel certain Mr. Saunders and Mrs. Gard do not.
March 25, 2009 - Letter submitted by 7th and 8th Grade Class Officers and Student Council Members
The seventh and eighth grade students at Knightstown Intermediate School would like to thank everyone who helped with the March 20-21 Late Show lock-in. It was a fun night and a successful fund-raiser, thanks to the many wonderful parents, sponsors and area businesses who donated time, food, financial support and door prizes.
We would like to thank the businesses which generously assisted us with the Late Show: Knightstown Elevator, Kozy Kabin Day Spa and Salon, MainSource Bank, Leakey Insurance Agency, Citizens State Bank, The Ivy Wreath Flower Shop, Main Street Threads, The Trane Company, Mozzi’s Pizza, Greenfield Cinema, Papa John’s, and Tweedy Lumber Company.
March 25, 2009 - Letter submitted by Denny and Jenny Davis, Shirley
Last Friday evening, my husband and I had our first “date” since I started kidney dialysis two years ago. We were invited to see our niece, Hope Swincher, in the musical, “There’s a Monster in My Closet” in the KHS auditorium. From what we could see, it was a packed house, almost! Wow! What an incredibly enjoyable and comfortable auditorium! I honestly believe that the kids putting on the production had as much fun and laughs as we did watching. Kudos to all the kids, parents and helpers who put on an excellent show! Your hard work certainly paid off! Thank you for a most memorable and enjoyable evening.
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